On the next day a great multitude had come to the feast. When they came near to Jerusalem, and came to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives …then Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go your way into the village that is opposite you, and immediately as you enter into it you will find a young donkey and a colt tied on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it, and bring it to me. If anyone says anything to you like, ‘Why are you doing this?’, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and immediately he will send them back here.”
All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, behold, your King comes to you, humble, and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
The disciples who were sent went away, and did just as Jesus commanded them, and found things just as he had told them. A young donkey tied at the door outside in the open street, and as they were untying the colt, its owners and some of those who stood there asked them, “What are you doing, untying the young donkey?” They said to them just as Jesus had said, “The Lord needs it.” They let them go, brought the donkey and the colt, and they laid their clothes (some threw cloaks) on them, and brought the young donkey’s colt to Jesus, and Jesus sat on them. They heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
As he went; a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road. Others cut down the branches from the palm trees and went out to meet him …spreading them on the road. As he was now getting near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples who went in front of him, and those who followed began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen; crying out, they kept shouting, “Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” As it is written, “Don’t be afraid, daughter of Zion. Behold, your King comes, sitting on a donkey’s colt.”
His disciples didn’t understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about him, and that they had done these things to him. Some of the Pharisees from the multitude said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” He answered them, “I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out.”
Jesus entered into the temple in Jerusalem. When he had looked around at everything, it being now evening, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
Source Text Prioritization:
- Matthew 21:1-9
- John 12:12-16
- Mark 11:1-11
- Luke 19:29-40